Kweisi Mfume To Speak at UConn November 8
By Allison Thompson, Office of University Communications
STORRS, Conn. -- Kweisi Mfume, president and chief executive
officer of the NAACP, will speak at UConn on Thursday, Nov. 8 as
part of the Human Rights Semester. The event, sponsored by the H.
Fred Simons African American Cultural Center, will be held at 5
p.m. in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center's Konover
Formerly a member of the Baltimore City Council and a United
States congressman representing Maryland's 7th Congressional
District, Mfume assumed the presidency of the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored People, the nation's oldest and
largest civil rights organization, in February 1996.
Under Mfume's leadership, some of the NAACP's recent
efforts have included a call for television networks to increase
diversity, and the boycott of a hotel chain charged with
discriminating against African American guests.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Mfume graduated magna cum laude
from Morgan State University and has a master's degree in
liberal arts from Johns Hopkins University. His West African name
means "conquering son of kings."
Chancellor John D. Petersen declared this fall a Human Rights
Semester. It is intended to underscore the importance of human
rights and to inform and engage members of the University community
and interested members of the public about this critical topic.
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